Hello! Is it spring where you live yet? It certainly isn't here; it's been raining/snowing (some people call it "sleet", I like to call it "snaining") for the past week and it's been hovering around the 40°F's. Ugh. I am so over it. At least it's above freezing.
Which might explain why I've been buying so much lately...I swear, I don't normally buy this much. I'm starting to feel a little...redundant with all these hauls and nothing much in the way of actual content (though admittedly I love reading/watching hauls) and I'm starting to toy with the possibility of doing a Project 10 Pan/No Buy but I'm not sure yet. This is a very collective haul (as most of mine are); I don't go out and buy all these things at once and I do try to get good deals...or maybe I'm just trying to justify things.
I've combined a little more than usual with this post; I actually have a few separate videos for these items (and some aren't even featured in videos), so this haul will look a little bigger than normal.
Since I opened with the shot of my Sephora order, I'll start there! This order requires a little backstory; around the holidays (Novemberish, I think), Sephora had one of their 20% Friends/Family/VIB/What-Have-You sales. I stayed up late one night in order to get my online order placed to make sure I got the items I wanted. Unfortunately, there was a glitch in the system, and a lot of people, including myself, struggled to get their orders processed (everything turned out okay in the end!). A lot of people were upset that they weren't able to get their hands on the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette and, at the time, I didn't even know what that was (so I didn't really care too much). It went out of stock, people were upset, and that was the end of it. Until I started learning more about the Ambient Lighting powders and especially after I finally bought one. I realized what had slipped through my fingers and I regretted that I did not know any better at time.
HOWEVER! Sephora brought the palette back! And made it available online! And it's no longer limited edition. I was afraid it was going to go out of stock again quickly since so many people had been unable to get it the first time around so I ordered as soon as I saw the post on Facebook. And that's what this order was all about!
I'll start with the "boring" stuff first. One thing I really like about buying things online in lieu of getting them in store is that there is pretty much always a deluxe sized sample of something you can get as a gift if you spend $25-$35 or more. This round, there were three different peels you could pick from, and I went with one I've been very interested in trying:
Sticking with things I bought online, I do my Fortune Cookie Soap order next!
I place an order with Fortune Cookie Soap when the Krispy Cream body butter came back in stock because I really wanted it and I still had my $10 off coupon from my Spring 2014 box to use. When I placed my order, I made a mistake in my billing address which I didn't notice until I got my order confirmation e-mail. I sent FCS an e-mail about it and never got a response but figured it wasn't a big deal since it was just my billing address (which is different from my shipping address) and since the charge on my card went through without a hitch. I waited and waited and waited and didn't get a shipping confirmation, but I wasn't too worried since FCS products are handmade and they generally have a lead time of 5-7 days. Then I got an e-mail from a totally random person saying that she got my FCS order by mistake! She was kind enough to let me know and contact FCS to see what she should do. She sent me another e-mail saying FCS said she can keep the products she received and that they would resend both our orders as soon as possible. Throughout this time, I still hadn't received any info from FCS (though I did not contact them myself), so if it wasn't for the kind girl who e-mailed me, I'd have no clue what was going on. Finally I got an e-mail from FCS in response to my e-mail about the error in my billing address saying they'd handle things. Then I got my shipping confirmation. And my order was being shipped to my billing address. It's not the worst thing since my billing address is actually my parents' house, but they live far enough away from me where it wouldn't make sense for me to drive (technically my husband would be driving me) there and back just to get a package, so they agreed to ship it to me when they received it. In the end I got my products, everything was perfect, and nothing bad happened, but it's just the frustration and extra effort I had to put in to things to get my order that bugged me. Fortune Cookie Soap is a great company; they make amazing products and they have excellent customer service (if I had contacted them, I'm sure they would have been just as polite and helpful as always), I just feel like maybe they're stretched a little too thin; like they're getting to the tipping point where they have to expand and hire more people to keep up with their popularity.
And what did I get?
And that was my FCS order! Like I said, I don't think it warranted it's own post, but I did want to talk about my shipping experience. Now, on to somewhat more random things!
I bought a bunch of nail polish.
I also got a couple polishes on sale at Sally's! I'm not sure if these are still available at Sally's (they're not at mine, at least), but I have seen these for the same price at Ulta in the sale section, so if you're interested I'd check there. These are both from the OPI Gwen Stefani collection.
Here's a totally random candle I bought:
Nearly through! Only three more stops to go, one being Ulta.
I've been looking for some new blush and powder brushes, but I haven't been able to find anything that fit both my needs and my budget. Until I saw that Ulta had Real Techniques brushes on sale buy one get one 50% off! I've heard so many good things about these brushes and I really wanted to give them a try, so I picked up the blush brush (the pink one) and the powder brush (the gold one). I'm not sure, but I think Real Techniques brushes are color-coded since all the eye brushes were purple and there were a bunch of other pink and gold brushes as well. I haven't tried these yet (I was waiting to take them out of their packaging to wash them until I got this post written), but I'm very excited to!
And then I picked this Essence nail stamping set on complete impulse.
Two more! Now I went to Walgreens and got a bunch of Wet and Wild eyeshadow palettes! I bought more than I intended to, but I've heard nothing but good things about these eyeshadows and since I don't get to Walgreens very often (the closest one to me isn't really within walking distance and bussing there is annoying) I wanted to make this trip worth it. I don't have any swatches of these palettes now, but I may go back and make a separate and more detailed post about these palettes.
For the final item of my haul...
And that's my haul! This was another doozey! Again, I don't buy all these things at once, I collect them over a few a weeks, and even then I try to get really good deals. I hope this wasn't too long and that you enjoyed reading it.
Thanks for reading! <3